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Our Annual Events list detailed below is a general guide for vacation planning. For current event dates & times, please consult: 
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau Events Page »
Southwest Florida Symphony Events »
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Art Walk – Every 1st Friday of the month In the downtown Fort Myers River District The event is a self guided and self paced tour of Downtown Art Galleries and Businesses. Participating business that showcases art during Art Walk include galleries, museums, retail shops, and community centers. Free event, All ages welcomed!

Pet Walk – The pet friendly gathering will occur every fourth Friday of the month beginning at 6:00pm at the Hendry Street median. Pet owners are expected to have pets leashed and pick up any pet souvenir’s. The event is free to attend and no registration is required.

Music Walk – Every 3rd Friday of the month live music fills the streets In the Downtown Fort Myers River District Over a dozen participating venues feature music by local and regional talent. Restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops showcase a wide range of music. From jazz and blues to rock, drums and much more. Free event and all ages welcomed!

Mystery Walk – Every second Friday of the month from October through May in the River District from 6-8 pm. Registration begins at First and Hendry Streets in front of Iberia Bank.

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January

River District Farmers' Market

Open every Thursday year round
From: 7:00am- 1 p.m. in the Centennial Park parking lot,
under the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee Bridge.


Florida Region 1 RV Show

Lee Civic Cent
11831 Bayshore Road
North Fort Myers, Florida 33917
(239)543-8368www.leeciviccenter.com

 

 


February

Artfest Fort Myers

Southwest Florida’s Premier Fine Art Festival

Downtown Fort Myers
1375 Jackson Street, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-768-3602
http://www.artfestfortmyers.com/


Caribbean Cruise-in Car Shows

Salty Sam’s Marina 2500 Main St.,
Ft. Myers Beach
1st Monday of every month
5-8pm
www.MyParrotKey.com
239-463-3257


Junior Parade & Junior Run

Downtown River District Junior Run
Time: 1-2pm
Parade starts 2:30pm
info@edisonfestival.org www.edisonfestival.org


Southwest Florida Burrowing Owl Festival

Rotary Park Environmental Center
5505 Rose Garden Road
Cape Coral, FL 33914
Contact: Susan Porrica
(239)980-2593
www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org


Parrot Key Caribbean Grill Corvette Show

Salty Sam’s Marina
2500 Main St
Ft. Myers Beach
3rd Monday of every month
5-8pm
www.MyParrotKey.com
239-463-3257


Edison & Ford Antique Car Show at Ford lawn

Edison Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Ft. Myers
(239)334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

 


Behind the Scenes Tour at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Every Thursday
10:30am-12:00pm
2350 McGregor Blvd
(239)334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org


Edison Festival of Light: Junior Parade & Junior Run

Downtown River District Junior Run 1-2pm Parade starts 2:30pm
Ft. Myers
www.edisonfestival.org


Crafts on the River

Centennial Park
Edwards Dr., Downtown Fort Myers Friday/Saturday: 10am-5pm,
Sun: 10am-4pm


Grand Light Parade

Grand Parade
7pm
Fort Myers High School to
the Downtown River District
Ft. Myers
(239)334-7419
www.edisonfestival.org


Happy Birthday Thomas Edison

Edison Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd
Contact: info@edisonfestival.org www.edisonfestival.org


Dr. Piper Center's “Dinner Dance for a Cause”

Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center
Ft. Myers
(239)332-3456
www.drpipercenter.org


Swamp Cabbage Festival

Barron Park
State Road 29 (Bridge Street) & Park Avenue City of LaBelle, Florida
(863)675-2995
 www.swampcabbagefestival.com


Grapefruit League

Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins vs. Regional Spring Training Teams At Jet Blue Park
11500 Fenway South Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Dates: To be announced. boston.redsox.mlb.com/schedule


Annual Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair

Lee Civic Center
11831 Bayshore Road
North Fort Myers, Florida 33917
(239)543-8368
www.leeciviccenter.com


Annual Winter Crafts Fair

Lee Civic Center
11831 Bayshore Rd. Fort Myers, Florida
(239)543-8368
www.leeciviccenter.com


Discover, Encounter and Explore with Super Science

Come and join the Imaginarium as they educate your young ones on the wonders of science! Located in Center Court from 11a – 1p. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information


ECHO Taste the World

Taste international dishes, Hear steel drum music, Touch fruit and plants from the ECHO nursery, See exhibits and learn about sustainable gardening, plus a charity auction. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.ECHOnet.org or at the ECHO bookstore. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information


Dr. Piper Center's Third Annual Afternoon Tea Party

Colonial Country Club
Ft. Myers
(239)332-5346
www.drpipercenter.org


Parade of Homes

Lee Building Industry Association
(239) 936-5525
www.bia.net


March

Caribbean Cruise-in Car Shows

Salty Sam’s Marina
2500 Main St.,
Ft. Myers Beach
1st Monday of every month
5-8pm
www.MyParrotKey.com
239-463-3257


Art Walk

Every 1st Friday of the month In the downtown Fort Myers River District The event is a self guided and self paced tour of Downtown Art Galleries and Businesses. Participating business that showcases art during Art Walk include galleries, museums, retail shops, and community centers. Free event, All ages welcomed!


Music Walk

Every 3rd Friday of the month live music fills the streets In the Downtown Fort Myers River District Over a dozen participating venues feature music by local and regional talent. Restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops showcase a wide range of music. From jazz and blues to rock, drums and much more. Free event and all ages welcomed!


River District Farmers' Market

Open every Thursday year round
From: 7:00am- 1 p.m. in the Centennial Park parking lot,
under the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee Bridge.


Parrot Key Caribbean Grill Corvette Show

Salty Sam’s Marina
2500 Main St
Ft. Myers Beach
3rd Monday  of every month
5-8pm
www.MyParrotKey.com
239-463-3257


Fort Myers Film Festival

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street
239-333-1933
www.sbdac.com


St. Patricks Day Block Party

Downtown River District
(855)732-3836
www.riverdistrictevents.com


Annual Irish Festival

Cape Coral Irish American Club
www.capecoralirishamericanclub.org


Annual Sanibel Shell Fair and Show

The Sanibel Community Association and The Sanibel – Captiva Shell Club
2173 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel
(239)472-2155
www.iloveshelling.com


Greek Fest - Greek Food, Music, Dance and Family Fun

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
8210 Cypress Lake Dr.
Fort Myers, Florida
(239) 481- 2099
www.orthodox-faith.com/greek_festival.asp


Annual All- Florida Championship Rodeo

Arcadia (124 Heard Street, right off of US Highway 17).
www.arcadiarodeo.com


Major League Baseball Spring Training

Red Sox:
JetBlue Park
11500 Fenway S Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913)
redsox.mlb.com/schedule/
Minnesota Twins:
Hammond Field, South Fort Myers
14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912
minnesota.twins.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp
Dates: To be announced.


Fort Myers Shrimp Festival

Fort Myers Beach Lynn Hall Park, Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach
(239)454-7500 www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com


Annual Lehigh Spring Festival

Veterans Park Lehigh
55 South Homestead Road
Lehigh Acres, FL, 33936
(239) 229-9318
www.lehighspringfestival.com/main.html


Florida Wiener Dog Derby

Shell Factory & Nature Park
(239)839-7760
www.shellfactory.com


Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz

Jaycee Park
4125 SE 20th Place
Cape Coral, FL
(239)573-3122
Dates: To be announced


Annual Orchid Show & Sale

(239) 403-7155
www.naplesorchidsociety.org


It is a dog’s night out at Yappy Hour

Second Friday of everything month. Enjoy live music, meet adoptable dogs, refresh with drinks from our puppy pub and meet local pet-friendly vendors and organizations. 100% of all proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information.


Southwest Florida Music Festival

1st Saturday of every month March thru August 3 live bands night, main act starts at 8pm Where: Centennial Park
Fort Myers  Time: 5PM-10PM
For information call us (239)227-4405   at www.swfmusicfestivals.com


St. Patrick's Day Block Party

Downtown River District
Ft. Myers
(855)732-3836
www.riverdistrictevents.com


Annual Irish Festival

Cape Coral Irish American Club
www.capecoralirishamericanclub.org


Pinot Noir Wine Tasting Dinner at Tarpon Lodge

March 18 – 6:30PM
Join us for an evening featuring Cherry Hill Winery’s Estate Pinot Noir. Presented by Mike & Jan Sweeney, proprietors, and beautifully paired with a four-course dinner by Tarpon Lodge’s chefs. Cherry Hill Winery lies directly atop the 45th parallel — halfway between the equator and the North Pole, at the same Pinot- friendly latitude as Burgundy.The cool climate and rich soil combine to create Pinot Noir fruit of deep color, complex aromas, and distinctively concentrated flavors. “God was good to Cherry Hill.”

$75 per person + service charge + tax 


April

Caribbean Cruise-in Car Shows

Salty Sam’s Marina
2500 Main St
Ft. Myers Beach
1st Monday of every month
5-8pm
www.MyParrotKey.com
239-463-3257


Dance Alliance Annual Spring Concert

Alliance’s Foulds Theater
(239)939-2787
http://www.artinlee.org/


Balloons Over Paradise” Festival

Immokalee Regional Airport
1-800-218-0007
www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com


Imaginarium Science Center Nano Days

Saturday, April www.imaginariumfortmyers.com


Annual Taste of the Beach

Bay Oaks Recreation Campus
2731 Oak St.
Fort Myers Beach
http://tasteoffortmyersbeach.com


Dedicate your Thursdays to Twilight @ the Tower!

There will be live music, fashion shows, or entertainment
every Thursday from 6 – 8pm,
located in Center Court.
Visit www.thebelltowershops.com


It is a dog’s night out at Yappy Hour

on the second Friday of everything month. Enjoy live music, meet adoptable dogs, refresh with drinks from our puppy pub and meet local pet-friendly vendors and organizations. 100% of all proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information.


12th Annual Administrative Professionals Day Event

Bell Tower Crowne Plaza
Ft. Myers
(239)332-5346
www.drpipercenter.org


Art in the Gardens

Edison Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Ft. Myers
(239)334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

 


May

Cinco de Mayo Block Party

The City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation
47th Terrace between Coronado and SE 9th PL
(239)573-3122
www.capecoralchamber.com


American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Centennial Park
www.relayforlife.org/downtownriverdistrictfl 


Annual Tarpon Fishing Competition

Women’s Championship
Boca Grande
(941)964-0568


Mother's Day at Edison Ford

Edison Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd
Ft. Myers
(239)334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org


National Public Garden Day

Lakes Regional Park
Ft. Myers
(239) 533-7576
www.leegov.com/parks


June

Caloosa Catch & Release Fishing Tournament

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva, Florida
(239)671-9347
www.caloosacatchandrelease.com


Tee Time for Tots

4th annual golf tournament
June 1st at Pelican Preserve Golf Club
All proceeds go towards paying for scholar shops for children from low-income families
For more information go to:http://www.ccswfl.org/events/tee-time-for-tots-annual-golf-tournament/


Elvis Fest 7

Seminole Casino Immokalee
Location: 506 South 1st Street
Immokalee
(800)218-0007


July

Red, White and BOOM

Cape Coral Pkwy,
Cape Coral
(239)549-6900
www.capecoralchamber.com/chamber/events.asp


Fourth of July on the Beach

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier & Times Square
Ft. Myers Beach
(239)454-7500


Fort Myers Freedom Fest

Downtown Fort Myers River District
1-855-732-3836


Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

Periwinkle Way and Sanibel Causeway
Sanibel Island
(239)472-1080


Family Freedom Fling

Calusa Nature Center
(239)275-3435 x24
www.calusanature.org/


Happy Birthday Henry Ford

Edison Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd
(239)334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org


Talking Shoes

Barkley Place
Ft. Myers
(239)939-1641


"The Mangrove Gathering"

Eco Living Center at Rutenberg Park
Ft. Myers
(239)432-2163
www.sloughpreserve.org


Garden Brothers Circus

Lee Civic Center
North Ft. Myers
www.gardenbroscircus.com


MangoMania

Pine Island
(239)283-0888
www.mangomania.net


August

Garden Talk on Orchids at the Edison Ford

Edison Ford Winter Estates
Call 239-334-7419
visit  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org


When Music was Magic - Edison's Phonographs

Edison Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Ft. Myers
www.edisonandfordwinterestates.com


September

Craft Beer & Music Festival

The Bell Tower Shops will host the return of the Craft Beer & Musical Festival in September in Fort Myers. The Craft Beer & Music Festival brings the craft to the people in this one-of-a-kind beer festival that combines the best of craft beer, live music, and fun. Great beer samplings will be paired with some of Southwest Florida’s best musical acts.
To purchase tickets please visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-music-festival-tickets-12374673983


USA Dance 50th Anniversary Celebration

Southwest Florida USA Dance
September 19, 2015
Calooshahatchee Waterfront Pier
(239) 851-9876
www.usadance6049.org

 

 


October

Southwest Florida Folk and Blues Fest

KOA Campgrounds
South Fort Myers
(800)562-8505
www.pineislandkoa.com/activities.asp


4th Annual KIDding Around HOWL-O-WEEN

Kids can enjoy a variety of Halloween inspired fun, center ride trick or treating, Bounce House fun, arts & crafts, kid-friendly activities and more.  This will be so much fun it’s SCARY!
www.thebelltowershops.com


Fort Myers Marine Presents FishThe36 Fishing Tournament!

Join us October 3rd, 4th and 5th for the FishThe36 Fishing Tournament. This event is presented by Fort Myers Marine and will be held at Cape Harbour. All proceeds from this event will benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida’s Scholarship program. For more information visit www.FishThe36.com


10th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest

Fort Myers Beach
(239)454-7500
www.fortmyersbeach.org/fort-myers-beach-pirate-festival-events


50th Annual Summerset Regatta

Fort Myers Beach to Downtown Fort Myers
Pink Shell Resort and Marina
www.summersetregatta.com


Cape Coral Annual Oktoberfest

German-American Club
(239)283-1400
www.capecoraloktoberfest.com


26th Annual J.N. "Ding" Darling Days

Sanibel Island
(239)472-1100
www.dingdarlingdays.com


November

The Junior League of Fort Myers Annual Taste Of The Town

The first Sunday in November
Jet Blue Park:
11500 Fenway South Drive(off Daniels)
Fort Myers
(239)277-1197
www.jlfmtaste.com


World Wine Tour

Thursday, November 6, 2014

From 6 to 8 p.m., wine lovers will enjoy domestic and international wines and appetizers from participating Bell Tower Shops merchants and restaurants. In addition to being the first night for the spectacular Bell Tower Shops holiday lights, there will be live music plus a fabulous “Champagne Raffle” sponsored by Mark Loren Designs. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida.


JDRF “One Walk” At Bell Tower Shops

The JDRF Walk is an impactful way to raise money for critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and show your support for the millions of people affected by this serious disease. Come out and show your support, fun for the whole family! For more info please visit

www.jdrf.org

 


42nd Annual Boat Show

November 13 – 16
Harborside Event Center & Yacht Basin
For more information please call 239-656-7083


Images of Nature Week

Lovers Key State Park
Fort Myers Beach
www.friendsofloverskey.org


Cape Coral CoCoNut Festival

Sun Splash Family Water Park
Cape Coral
(239)573-3121
www.cocofest.com


10th Annual Sanibel Island writers Conference

BIG Arts and the Sanibel Island Public Library
(239)590-7421
www.fgcu.edu/siwc


29th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship

Fort Myers Beach
(239)454-7500
www.fmbsandsculpting.com


Captiva Holiday Village

Captiva Island
www.captivaholidayvillage.com


Yappy Hour - Pet Costume Contest At Bell Tower Shops

The Bell Tower Shops will be hosting its annual Pet Costume Contest. Meet adoptable dogs, sip on cold refreshments from the outdoor bar and listen to live music with your four-legged friend. Enjoy an evening of live music and finish off the night at one of eight pet friendly restaurants throughout the center. This is a free event open to the public with proceeds from the event to benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
www.thebelltowershops.com


1st Annual Jog For Justice 5K Run/ Walk

Lee County Legal Aid Society
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Lakes Regional Park
http://www.jogforjustice5k.com/

 

 


December

Holiday Land At The Imaginarium

Visit with Santa, pose for photos, enjoy festive face painting, learn Santa Science, check out the famous ‘upside down’ holiday tree, create shrink-magic ornaments and other make and take activities exploring winter holidays around the world! Child FREE with PAID adult. For more information call (239) 321-7420 or visit www.i-sci.org 


40th Annual Holiday Nights

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
(239)334-7419www.edisonfordwinterestates.org


Annual Christmas Luminary Trail

Sanibel/Captiva Islands
www.sanibel-captiva.org